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Four Japan funds among the top 10 performers

Japanese funds saw a sharp bounce in June, with four funds among the top 10 performers, according to latest figures from Lipper.

Neptune Japan opportunities was the best-performing fund last month, with Christopher Taylor’s fund up by 11.42 per cent. IMA Japanese smaller companies was the best-performing sector with a return of 6.35 per cent, with Axa Framlington Japanese smaller companies fund the best performer in the sector and second across all sectors, producing a return of 9.81 per cent.

M&G Japanese smaller companies and Melchior Japan opp-ortunities are fourth and seventh on the list, with returns of 8.61 and 8.29 per cent respectively.

The average fund fell in June by 0.75 per cent, with the CF Ruffer Baker Steel gold fund the worst performer, down by 10.66 per cent.

The worst-performing sector was the IMA Europe ex UK, which fell by 3.58 per cent.


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